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Poster: HektorT Date: Sep 27, 2011 8:08am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: possible upload

Underlying story or music rights don't necessarily mean a film is not PD. There are cases where that happens but I think they are the exception rather than the rule. The general practice seems to be more that producers will purchase buy-out rights for the film that allow the story or film to be used with the film forever. The few cases where films were pulled from the PD due to underlying rights generally had extenuating circumstances that overrode what was written in the contract.

In the past VideoCellar has almost universally claimed that underlying rights meant a film could not be PD, but in a few recent discussions he has backed off that position.

In this case the 1953 film is a remake. The Stephen Fisher novel was apparently "purchased" by 20th Century Fox to make the movie (that generally means they bought the movie rights).

This post was modified by HektorT on 2011-09-27 15:08:28